Played on a base model PS4
Deadpool is a hack ‘n’ slash adventure game that doesn’t reinvent the wheel or do anything other than what you might expect from a title in the genre. It also unfortunately doesn’t look too great in the graphics department, likely due to it being a re-release from the previous generation. The environments are bland and muddy looking. Although the characters themselves, particularly Deadpool, are passable.
Its gameplay is little more than button mashing with some platforming sections thrown in, there are the standard light and heavy attacks as well as long range attacks via Deadpool’s fairly small arsenal. Attacks can also be evaded, thanks to a teleport ability, although the same button can be used to counter an enemies attacks when prompted.
Deadpool also has some stealth mechanics thrown in, which seem to serve very little purpose other than to offer a laugh at his silly sneak walk and one liners.
There is a skill tree to upgrade your character which seems to give collecting the Deadpool points you can find strewn about the levels some purpose, you will also get the majority of them from killing enemies. While the upgrades seem like they might be decent, any positive effects granted seem marginal at best. The only real benefit to upgrading your character seems to be in the unlocking of special moves which can be used after building up momentum during fights.
While Deadpool does possess firearms, they are the least effective means of dispatching your enemies, at least until you invest some Deadpool points into increasing the clip size and damage.
The platforming sections are straight forward enough, and it controls well enough that missing the mark is rarely an issue. If you should fall off however, you will be prompted to teleport back to land and it can often take you back to the start of a particular section with previous enemies having respawned.
The story is fairly weak, it starts out where Deadpool is lounging around in his apartment and you have to encourage him to get out of his chair. You can explore his apartment and look at his things and even make a lot of pancakes in his kitchen. Since the story goes from the fact that Deadpool is following the script for his game, when there are aspects about it he doesn’t like, he’ll frequently call up the developers, Highmoon, and threaten them to make it better. One example of this is a section where Deadpool encounters a Doom-esque looking area and clearly isn’t happy with the way it looks, being told by the developers that Deadpool used too much of the game’s budget on explosions and effects in an earlier level.
You’ll encounter some members of the X-Men during the game but they have very little screen time and as Deadpool himself will point out, it’s because this is his game. However brief their appearances are, their interactions with Deadpool can be fairly amusing.
The game has a major technical issue which would render it unplayable to all but the most determined. It will freeze during play constantly, roughly every minute or so for a couple of seconds and then resume play. A quick Google search reveals this issue is caused by the game trying to ping Activision’s servers and in all likelihood will never get patched, thankfully though, this issue can be avoided if you disconnect from the internet when playing the game.
Also Deadpool has been delisted from all digital platforms, an excerpt from an article on GameInformer explains why;
“The game originally released in June 2013 to less than stellar reviews. Due to licensing issues, the game was subsequently delisted from digital distribution services in January 2014, six months after release. Following the success of the Deadpool movie, Activision relicensed the existing title and remastered it for PlayStation 4 and Xbox one, relisting on digital services on November 2015.
Now, two years later, the game is getting delisted again. On November 16, the game will disappear from services for what one assumes is the final time. This two year stretch since the last relisting has been the longest stretch of time the game has been available.”
The full article can be found here.
Being delisted means that it’s no longer available to purchase digitally and if you want to have a go of this title for yourself, you’ll have to try and dig up a physical copy somewhere.
Deadpool is by far the best thing about the game, his jokes about the situations and the way he reacts to things going on can often be very funny. Even when alone he is accompanied by the two voices in his head, one the more logical and serious voice and the other more spontaneous and crazy. He’ll talk to them regularly and even have full conversations with them. Since Deadpool is fully aware he’s in a game, he’ll say things to the player and even do things like run off screen and ask the player if they’re coming and say to direct the camera to him.
While overall, I enjoyed this game, without the humour provided by Deadpool, I doubt I would have been enthusiastic enough about it to finish it. His humour definitely made it worth seeing the game’s ending. I wouldn’t recommend seeking this game out unless you just have to try it for yourself or if it’s at a price too good to pass up. Instead just find a video online if you want to see some of Deadpool’s antics.